Professor Weyland's research interests focus on democratization, market reform, social policy and policy diffusion, and populism in Latin America. He has drawn on a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including insights from cognitive psychology, and has done extensive field research in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, and Venezuela. After receiving a Staatsexamen from Johannes-Gutenberg Universitat Mainz in 1984, a M.A. from UT in 1986, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991, he taught for ten years at Vanderbilt University. He has received research support from the SSRC and NEH and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, in 1999/2000 and at the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame, in 2004/05. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Associate Editor of the Latin American Research Review.
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Democratization, market reform, social policy and policy diffusion, and populism in Latin America, social and economic policy for Latin America, especially Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Venezuela
Democracy without Equity: Failures of Reform in Brazil (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996); The Politics of Market Reform in Fragile Democracies: Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela (Princeton University Press, 2002); Edited a volume, Learning from Foreign Models in Latin American Policy Reform (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2004); Bounded Rationality and Policy Diffusion: Social Sector Reform in Latin America (Princeton University Press, 2007).
Several book chapters and articles in journals such as World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Latin American Research Review, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs, and Political Research Quarterly.